Vauxhall’s new mini-monocab, as the company likes to brand it, has been given a fuel-efficient 1.0-litre engine. The three-cylinder Suzuki unit develops 65bhp at 6000rpm and Vauxhall claims an economy figure of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions below 120g/km.
What’s it like?
The body and interior form an attractive package, with a sense of spaciousness and plenty of headroom in the front seats, though the rear bench is not for six-footers, whether adults or well-nourished children.
The gearshift has an unusually short, crisp throw for a car in this sector, which promotes a spirited press-on style of driving at odds with the gruff 1.0-litre engine. It’s not a patch on the delightfully free-spinning three-cylinder unit in the Toyota Aygo.
The Agila’s main problem is that it has the engine of a city car, but the one-tonne kerb weight of mini-MPV. It failed to reach 60mph while accelerating up a gently inclined slip road onto the M25, and therefore was unable to match the speed of the traffic it was joining. Any overtaking on the motorway required the presence of a large van immediately ahead for judicious slipstreaming.